Of Wizards and Norns
Prologue to The Mantis King
By Paul Weber
Copyright © 2012 by Paul Weber
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On the cover: Portrait of a Green Warrior Woman, by Misty Tang.
The world in which we live—the material world of stone and flesh—is bounded by a world of spirit which we humans (dull as we are) cannot perceive, with but a few notable exceptions. As a species, we find this most frustrating, so we continually try to strike through the mask that separates us from the world of spirit. All the great religions and myths of the world center on this usually futile attempt to strike through the mask, to be able to perceive not only our own reality, but other realities and universes that exist, but are beyond the power of our minds to perceive or command.